Srinagar, Nov 19: Former Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary Muhammmad Iqbal Khanday passed away late last night at SKIMS Soura.
Reports said that 1978-batch IAS officer was suffering from cancer.
Khanday, who held several important positions in his career, was also principal secretary to the former chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.
Large number of people mostly bureaucrats participated in his funeral prayers. His death was widely condoled by politicians, bureaucrats and people from different shades of society.
Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the sad demise of Sh. Mohammad Iqbal Khandey, former J&K Chief Secretary who passed away in Srinagar this morning.
Governor in his condolence message described him as an able administrator who worked with dedication for public welfare.
Governor prayed for peace to the departed soul and strength to the bereaved family in its hour of grief.
Former Jammu and Kashmir governor N N Vohra and his wife have condoled the demise of ex-chief secretary Muhammad Iqbal Khanday.
“N.N. Vohra, former Governor J&K, and his wife, have, in a message to Mrs. Khanday, conveyed grief and their heartfelt sympathy on the untimely passing away of her husband, Iqbal Khanday,” said a statement.
Khanday, who was the first IAS officer from Kashmir to be appointed Chief Secretary of the State, had worked with Vohra during the period of Governor’s Rule before Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s coalition government took over.
“They (Mrs and Mr Vohra) have prayed to the Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace,” added the statement.
National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah on Monday expressed grief over the demise of former bureaucrat Muhammad Iqbal Khanday.
Dr Farooq while expressing condolences on his demise said, “I pray for peace to the soul of deceased. I pray to almighty to give strength to the bereaved family to bear the loss.”
Former Chief Minister and President Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mehbooba Mufti mentioned that Mohammad Iqbal Khandey was a simple person easy to get along with and totally dedicated to his job.
The former Chief Minister appreciated the significant contribution of the officer to various departments of the state he has served during his tenure. PDP President said in his death, the State Government has lost a dedicated officer and a generous human being.
She expressed her deep sympathies to the members of the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
“Sorry to hear about the demise of Iqbal Khanday Sb. He was Chief Secretary in J&K & worked with me when I had the privilege of heading the government. My heartfelt condolences to his family & loved ones. Allah Jannat naseeb karey,” tweeted Omar Abdullah. CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohamad Yousuf Tarigami while expressing grief and sorrow over the demise of former chief secretary of the state said that Jammu and Kashmir has lost a well wisher who spent all his life for the betterment of public. “Throughout his career he worked tirelessly, honestly and with dedication for welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He worked against all odds and stood steadfast to serve the people of the state in most difficult times.”
Tarigami described his demise as a personal loss, saying his passing away has created a void in the state, which is difficult to fill up. “I express solidarity with the bereaved family.”
Peoples Democratic Party Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir termed Mohammad Iqbal Khandey as a visionary person dedicated to public service.
The PDP Chief Spokesperson said that the entire party is mourning the sad demise of a vibrant person who had significant contribution to the field of public service.
Senior party leaders, office bearers and legislators also expressed their deep sympathies to the members of the bereaved family and prayed for the departed soul.
Senior PDP leader and former finance minister Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari recalled the significant contribution of the deceased officer to various departments of the state during his various capacities.
He said in his death, the State has lost a dedicated administrator and a compassionate human being.
“I express my heartfelt condolences and solidarity with the bereaved family. The deceased was an astute officer who was extremely sincere to his official assignments,” Bukhari observed while expressing deep sympathies to the members of the bereaved family.
The former finance minister also prayed for the peace to the departed soul and courage for his family members to bear this irreparable loss.
The Secretary Information Department Sarmad Hafeez expressing his grief over the demise of former Chief Secretary said that Iqbal Khandey was the man with a compassionate heart, who always worked for the welfare of people of the State. He expressed his heartfelt condolences to the bereaving family and prayed for the peace to the departed soul.
A condolence meeting was also held in the Information Department, which was presided over by the Director Information Department Tariq Ahmed Zargar. The Director expressing his grief over the demise said that the State has lost a gifted administrator, whose problem-solving skills and promptness to deliver would always be remembered.
In a condolence message, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Secretary. The office of Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir also held a condolence meeting which was attended by all the officers, who prayed for peace to the departed soul. The role of the deceased in the capacity of Head of the Departments was lauded and the whole Revenue Department expressed sympathy with the bereaved family.
The KAS Officers Association expressed grief over the demise of former Chief Secretary J&K State. The Association held a condolence meeting, convened by its President Tasaduq Hussain Mir today here at Civil Secretariat Jammu.
It was attended by the various officers and office bearers of the KAS Officers Association and various other officers.
The President of the Association hailed the deceased as an officer of impeccable integrity with a deep sense of commitment towards the people of the State and said that his demise is an irreparable loss to the State.
During the meeting, the participants expressed grief and shock on the demise of the veteran officer. While expressing condolences, the Association prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and forbearance to the bereaved family at this hour of grief.
In a condolence message, Under Secretaries to the government (Promotee) expressing their heartfelt condolences with the bereaved family, remembered the deceased for his administrative acumen and dynamism.
The J&K Public Service Commission held a condolence meeting under the chairmanship of Latief-u-Zaman Deva, chairman to express their heartfelt condolence on the demise of Mohammad Iqbal Khandey. The Commission observed two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the departed soul and also prayed to Almighty to rest his soul in peace and give fortitude to the bereaved family to bear this untimely and irreparable loss.
Social Welfare Department in their condolence message said that Iqbal Khandey has left an everlasting and indelible impression on the State administration. In an official handout issued here, the spokesperson of the department said that State will remember precious public service of Iqbal Khandey as a bureaucrat who had great administrative skills. The press release read that the Department was stunned over the demise of a noble soul and prayed for the courage to bereaved family to bear this irresponsible loss. The department also expressed solidarity with the deceased’s sister Rukhsana Gani who is Director General Social Welfare Department Kashmir.
In their condolence message, the Faculty members and offices of the Institute of Management, Public Administration and Rural Development, Regional Centre, Sidhra Jammu expressed their condolences on the demise of Iqbal Khandey and said that the deceased was known for his promptness in decision-making during his tenure as Director, IMPARD.
The J&K Civil Secretariat Employees Union also convened a meeting attended by the various officers and office bearers of the Association to mourn the demise. A two-minute silence was observed to pay respects to the departed soul and pray for his eternal peace.
Expressing their grief over demise of Iqbal Khandey, the Directorate of School Education Kashmir in a press release issued here said that the department along with the teachers’ fraternity remembers the deceased for his outstanding and inspirational contribution in administration, which they witnessed during his tenure as the Director School Education Kashmir from 1st March 1987 to 31st November 1988.